DJI’s New babies ! – Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom are ready to storm the global market in Prosumer drones.

Changes are afoot ! Great new tech and some game changing features for the drone market.
After a small delay, identified by them as a way to ensure stock levels, DJI have released the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom to an eager public.

Featuring a wealth of new innovation, upgrades and some ideas that indicate they really have listened to the end users, the launch even happened today 23/8/2018.

Many already knew about the drones, due to an unfortunate leak by Argos, who published images of the pair in a new catalogue just before DJI postponed the launch. Yet, in spite of the DJI has still managed to stupefy us with some great development, unheard news and details on the new products.

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Mavic 2 Pro Hasselblad Camera

Firstly, lets look at the Mavic 2 Pro. Due to DJI’s recent acquisition of Hasselblad, an extremely well respected (and high end) camera and lens manufacturer from Sweden, hopes have been high the the combined tech would soon feature in a DJI product, and the Mavic 2 Pro is the result. It carries a Hasselblad branded L1D-20C Camera which is a beast. It shoots a fairly standard (these days) 20Mp camera, but.. is now 10-bit, offering differentiation of a billion colours rather than 8-bit’s 16 million. Greater low light performance using 14 EV (stops) of dynamic range are further enhanced by DJI’s “Hyperlight” noise reduction in low-light scenarios. It also boasts an improved HDR algorithm for bracketed exposures, and an exciting aerial Hyperlapse (moving timelapse) mode with 4 variations on shooting. 4K at up to 60fps is now also shot in HDR, with 10-bit colour offering greater flexibility in post production for colour matching and grading for professional use. This is an exciting drone for commercial and cinematography.

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Mavic 2 Zoom Camera

The Mavic 2 Zoom remains at 12 megapixel, but offers some unique and surprising features that really help to align it with the Pro’s usefulness. Zooming from 24-48mm will provide adequate opportunity to get closer to sensitive subjects such as wildlife, or inspections, it can combine this with a lossless digital zoom giving an effective 96mm of zoom length. It can shoot 48 megapixel landscapes by taking a series of zoomed-in images of your selected view, then stitching them together automatically to produce an incredibly detailed landscape. It also has a feature I have longed for – Dolly zoom ! also know as the “Vertigo/Hitchcock/Pull zoom and other names, this shot is that one that maintains the position of the object in frame by zooming in while flying backwards, making the landscape of background expand in an eerie and visually stunning sense. Cinematographers have achieved this in the past with a drone by using digital zoom in post-production, but doing it optically and computer-controlled will be a revelation !

Both drones feature more powerful computing power, enhancing their obstacle avoidance with machine learning driven from the cameras and sensors around the devices front, back, sides, underneath and for the first time, above, (this will avoid many crashes experienced by people who trigger the drones “return to home feature” while under a tree canopy for instance, sending the drone upwards into the canopy.. and disaster !

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Mavic 2 obstacle avoidance tech

The drones with auto-switch between 2.4 and 5.8Ghz frequencies to maintain a solid connection to the controller and can now transmit full 1080p up to 5 miles back, which while being an incredible feat, far surpasses the “Visual Lie-of-sight” rule enforced by the UK’s CAA, US’s FAA and many other governments, but it speaks of the reliability of the connection these drones can provide.

Overall, I am impressed, (and a little bit excited!) by these developments, and will soon be investing in both drones to enhance my own companies capabilities in their specialist areas. their rapid deployment and flexible nature will be a useful addition to our own fleet, and I feel that many will share this approach.

Stu Trigg – Dragon UAV – UK

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